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Lighting Techniques for Your Home

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Published on July 05, 2013 with No Comments

Indoor lights provide homeowners with the necessary illumination to enjoy the comforts of home and approach their daily routines without giving a second to visibility. In generations past, people carried candles and small lanterns. Today, we have not just the luxury of automatic lighting at our disposal, but an array of lighting styles and types from which we may choose to meet the needs and set the mood of any room in our home. The concept of lighting is a little more complex than the idea of merely flipping a switch on the wall. It can be that simple, but we have so many resources and new lighting technologies at our disposal that give us the power to make any room exponentially more interesting. Here are some useful suggestions toward improving the quality of time you spend in your home by improving the
quality of light.

Reading Lights
The best angle for reading light to fall from is from behind you, slightly over your left shoulder. One very common error that people make in setting reading lamps is putting them too far to the side, rather than behind. Rather than spreading useful reading light, lamps in this position create shadows and glare that cause your eyes to tire and strain. Primary reading light should come from behind, with a secondary source of illumination at a right angle to reduce the glare.

Dining Lights
Some people enjoy being able to see what they are eating! Dining room chandeliers are beautiful, but if your table is directly beneath it, some of its embellishments might interfere with where the lightfalls at mealtime. Consider accentuating your dining room with pendant lights that will illuminate the table when it is being used. Fit them with shades that are slightly opaque to eliminate glare, and use adjustable rods that give you the power to determine how high or low they descend from the ceiling.

TV Lighting
On evenings spent watching TV, many families turn out all the sources of light completely. This tends to cause eyestrain, and people fumble over furniture, shoes, etc. when scurrying to the kitchen at commercial breaks. Contemporary TV design technologies have helped to minimize the concern, but for complete freedom from glare and eyestrain, consider positioning a freestanding lamp on one side of the set. Keep it shaded with a cover that casts the light to the floor to eliminate casting a glare on the TV. This provides the visibility and the comfort you need on movie night.

Bathroom Lights
While many toiletry mirrors have a row of lighting above them, it tends to cast shadows below your eyes when you approach them. Consider using equally watted lamps on both sides of the mirror to give you a more accurate depiction of your face when you are putting yourself together or merely touching up.

Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
In-home fluorescent lighting is not the same as industrial fluorescent lighting found in offices and public work areas. The lighting from compact fluorescent bulbs for home use produces a crisp type of illumination that is very unlike conventional fluorescent wands that make people feel institutionalized rather than at home. Consider using full-spectrum compact bulbs if you intend to create a mood that is similar the light of warm white bulbs.


About The Author:

Ingo Schaer is the President and CEO of He has been in the lighting business for more than 20 years and is holding a bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering. He regularly blogs on a variety of Modern lighting and Interior Design topics, often focusing on practical solutions. You can find him on Google +.


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